UPDATED: Suspect in deadly mass stabbings eludes Canadian manhunt, motive remains unclear

UPDATED: Suspect in deadly mass stabbings eludes Canadian manhunt, motive remains unclear

OTTAWA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Canadian police searched into a fourth day on Wednesday for the remaining suspect in a stabbing spree in which 10 people were killed in and around an indigenous community, rattling a country unaccustomed to acts of mass violence. Myles Sanderson, 30, whose brother and accused accomplice was himself found slain a day after Sunday's attacks in Saskatchewan province, was briefly believed to have resurfaced on Tuesday in the vicinity of the rampage, about 320 km (200 miles) north of the provincial capital of Regina. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) issued an alert on Tuesday…
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U.S. military to test launch an ICBM Wednesday, notifies Russia

U.S. military to test launch an ICBM Wednesday, notifies Russia

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The U.S. military will test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, adding it has notified Russia in advance. A Pentagon spokesman described the test as routine and said it was meant to demonstrate the readiness of the U.S. military's ICBM forces. The United States last month carried out a test of a Minuteman III ICBM, which had been delayed to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing during a Chinese show of force near Taiwan. Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart
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U.S. judge agrees to special master in Trump search case, delaying probe

U.S. judge agrees to special master in Trump search case, delaying probe

A federal judge on Monday agreed to appoint a special master to review records seized by the FBI during its unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump's Florida estate, a move that is likely to delay the Justice Department's ongoing criminal investigation. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in West Palm Beach, Florida granted Trump's request for a special master, whom she said will be tasked with reviewing documents that as well as being potentially covered by attorney-client privilege could also be covered by executive privilege. She also ordered the Justice Department to stop reviewing the records as part of…
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California temperatures soar to new records, adding strain to power grid

California temperatures soar to new records, adding strain to power grid

 (Reuters) - Record high temperatures were expected in California's Central Valley from Sacramento to outside of Los Angeles, with officials warning that the dangerous heat wave could afflict the state through the end of the week and test the limits of the electric grid. State officials on Sunday were urging residents to limit their power usage for the fifth day in a row as energy demand spiked and temperatures were still on the rise. The worst of the heat was concentrated in the Central Valley on Sunday. The thermometer could hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) by midweek, the…
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Chile overwhelmingly rejects progressive new constitution

Chile overwhelmingly rejects progressive new constitution

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans overwhelmingly voted against a proposed new constitution on Sunday, rejecting what would have been one of the world's most progressive charters. While nearly 80% of Chileans voted to draft a new constitution in 2020, nearly 62% of voters rejected the new text with 99.74 percent of ballot boxes counted. Karol Cariola, spokeswoman for the approval campaign, conceded defeat late on Sunday night in downtown Santiago but said the mandate to draft a new text remains in force. "We are committed to creating conditions to channel that popular will and the path that leads us to a…
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Canada hunts suspects in stabbing spree that killed 10, wounded 15

Canada hunts suspects in stabbing spree that killed 10, wounded 15

WELDON, Saskatchewan, (Reuters) - Canadian police hunted for two suspects in a stabbing spree that killed 10 people and wounded at least 15 others mostly in a sparsely populated indigenous community. The stabbings across 13 crime scenes were among the deadliest mass killings in modern Canadian history and certain to reverberate throughout the country, which is unaccustomed to bouts of mass violence more commonly seen in the United States. "I am shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks today," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. "As Canadians, we mourn with everyone affected by this tragic violence, and with…
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U.S. is seriously underestimating the consequences of CO2 – study

U.S. is seriously underestimating the consequences of CO2 – study

The U.S. government is drastically underestimating the social cost of carbon dioxide emissions, which is 3.6 times higher than the estimate currently used to inform many of Washington's key climate policies, a study suggested on Tursday. Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas chiefly responsible for global warming and therefore negatively affects human wellbeing. U.S. economists call this the "social cost" and they calculate it in dollars, considering repercussions such as changes in agricultural productivity, damages from sea level rise and worsening human health. The U.S. currently puts that cost at around $51 per metric tonne — a figure which dates…
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Barack Obama wins Emmy for narrating Netflix documentary

Barack Obama wins Emmy for narrating Netflix documentary

Former president Barack Obama won the best narrator Emmy Award for his Netflix documentary series, Our Great National Parks. The Obamas' production company, Higher Ground, is behind the five-part series on national parks around the world. https://twitter.com/netflix/status/1566230202123833345 The Emmy joins Mr Obama's two Grammy awards putting him halfway to becoming an Egot - someone with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. He becomes only the second US president in history to win an Emmy. Dwight D Eisenhower was given a special Emmy in 1956. The Netflix series showcases natural beauty spanning five continents, and features locations including Chilean Patagonia…
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Donald Trump hints: ‘I may just have to do it again’

Donald Trump hints: ‘I may just have to do it again’

Donald Trump has suggested that he may run again for the US presidency in 2024. The former president was back on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania on Saturday - his first rally since the FBI's search of his Mar-a-Lago estate last month. He told his supporters: "We are leading Biden and everyone else, including the Republicans, by record numbers in the polls. So I may just have to do it again. You'll be... stay tuned. I have to do it again. You hear that Oz? (Senate nominee Dr Mehmet Oz) Do it again. May just have to do it again.…
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EXPLAINER-Is Chile about to tear up its Pinochet-era constitution?

EXPLAINER-Is Chile about to tear up its Pinochet-era constitution?

SANTIAGO  (Reuters) - Chileans will head to the polls on Sunday to approve or reject a new constitution that would replace the Andean country's current text that dates back decades to the era of military dictator Augusto Pinochet. The proposed new constitution focuses on social rights, the environment and gender equality, a sharp shift from the market-orientated current one that underpinned decades of growth but that stoked inequalities that led to months of angry protests in 2019. WHY DOES THIS MATTER? The new text, if approved, would set the stage for stronger environmental protections in the world's top producer of…
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Chile’s constitution vote puts Andean country at historic crossroads

Chile’s constitution vote puts Andean country at historic crossroads

SANTIAGO  (Reuters) - Chileans are set for a historic decision on Sunday: stick with a market-friendly constitution dating back to military dictator Augusto Pinochet or approve a progressive new text that promises to shake up the Andean country's political and social fabric. The copper-rich country is sharply divided, with polls indicating that the new text will get rejected, despite huge popular support for tearing up the Pinochet-era constitution two years ago in the wake of months of fiery protests against inequality. The vote is a crossroads for Chile, long seen as a bastion of conservatism and market-orientated economic policy, which…
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Update – NASA calls off Artemis moon rocket launch for second time in 5 days

Update – NASA calls off Artemis moon rocket launch for second time in 5 days

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 3 (Reuters) - For the second time in five days, NASA on Saturday halted a countdown in progress and postponed a planned attempt to launch the debut test flight of its giant, next-generation rocket, the first mission of the agency's moon-to-Mars Artemis program. The latest attempt to launch the 32-story-tall Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion capsule was scrubbed after repeated attempts by technicians to correct a leak of super-cooled liquid hydrogen propellant being pumped into the vehicle's core-stage fuel tanks. Besides struggling to remedy the leak itself, the difficulty caused mission managers to fall behind…
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Brazil’s Amazon sees worst August fires in over a decade

Brazil’s Amazon sees worst August fires in over a decade

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest surged in August to the highest for the month since 2010, government data showed this week, surpassing the blazes in August 2019 that drew global attention soon after President Jair Bolsonaro took office. National space research agency INPE registered 31,513 fire alerts in the Amazon via satellite in the first 30 days of the month, making it the worst August since 2010, when fires totaled 45,018 for the full month. Most of INPE's Amazon fire alerts in an average year come in August and September – considered the burning season in…
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Argentina shaken by assassination attempt on vice president

Argentina shaken by assassination attempt on vice president

UENOS AIRES, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Argentines descended on the capital's main plaza on Friday in a show of solidarity against a shocking assassination attempt on the country's vice president a day earlier, which triggered an outpouring of support in a country gripped by deep political polarization and economic crisis. An assailant pointed a loaded pistol from close range at Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner outside her Buenos Aires home where crowds had gathered Thursday night, but the gun failed to discharge.  Authorities have yet to ascertain a motive for the attack on Fernandez de Kirchner, a…
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Bolsonaro gains on Lula ahead of Brazil election – Datafolha poll

Bolsonaro gains on Lula ahead of Brazil election – Datafolha poll

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a 13-percentage-point lead over President Jair Bolsonaro, but the far-right incumbent has narrowed his leftist rival's advantage ahead of the October election, according to a poll published by Datafolha. The survey by Datafolha showed Lula with 45% of voter support against 32% for Bolsonaro in the first round of the election scheduled for Oct. 2, compared with 47% and 32% respectively in the previous poll. In an expected second-round run-off, Lula would get elected by 53% of the votes versus 38% for Bolsonaro, a 15 percentage point advantage, down…
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Trump says he will look ‘favorably’ on pardons for Capitol rioters if he runs and wins the White House

Trump says he will look ‘favorably’ on pardons for Capitol rioters if he runs and wins the White House

Former U.S. President Donald Trump said he was giving financial help to some supporters involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on Congress and would look very favorably on giving pardons if he were again elected to the White House. Thousands of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol after a fiery speech in which he repeated his false claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud, an allegation repeatedly rejected by multiple courts, state election officials and members of Trump's own administration. "I will look very, very favorably about, about full pardons. If I decide to run and…
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UPDATED: Argentina VP unharmed in assassination attempt

UPDATED: Argentina VP unharmed in assassination attempt

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Argentina's Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner escaped unharmed on Thursday after a man fired a loaded gun at her that failed to go off inches from her head. https://twitter.com/LautaroMaislin/status/1565506730661904384 The attack, which the economy minister called an assassination attempt, comes at a time of acute political and social frictions inside Argentina. It happened as Fernandez de Kirchner stepped out of a car outside her Buenos Aires home, where hundreds of supporters had gathered. Video footage showed a man holding a pistol next to her head. President Alberto Fernandez said the gun had been…
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Trump is “obviously thinking about” running for U.S. president in 2024 – Kushner

Trump is “obviously thinking about” running for U.S. president in 2024 – Kushner

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Donald Trump is considering running to be U.S. President in 2024, his son-in-law and former aide said on Friday. "I know that he's obviously thinking about it, he hates seeing what's happening in the country," Jared Kushner told Sky News. Asked when Trump might make a decision, Kushner said: "Nobody can speak for him." Asked to confirm that Trump was not ruling out running for president again, Kushner added: "With Trump it's hard to rule anything out, he's a very flexible thing." (Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
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Joe Biden says ‘Maga forces’ threaten US democracy

Joe Biden says ‘Maga forces’ threaten US democracy

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden charged Republican allies of Donald Trump with undermining the country's democracy and urged voters to reject extremism ahead of November's midterm elections. Biden accused lawmakers and others devoted to the Make America Great Again (MAGA) agenda led by former U.S. President Trump as willing to overturn democratic elections, ignore the Constitution and "determined to take this country backwards" to a time without rights to abortion, privacy, contraception or same-sex marriage. "Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic," Biden said. "As I stand here tonight,…
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Biden tells Israel’s Lapid U.S. will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon

Biden tells Israel’s Lapid U.S. will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid the United States will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, the White House said, as Tehran seeks stronger guarantees from Washington for the revival of a nuclear deal with world powers. Israel opposes a return to the 2015 deal, which imposed curbs on Iran's nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of U.S., European Union and United Nations sanctions on Tehran. To Israel's delight, former president Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions, prompting Tehran to violate the pact's…
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Sarah Palin loses comeback bid in Alaska

Sarah Palin loses comeback bid in Alaska

Mary Peltola, a Democratic former state lawmaker, won a special election to fill Alaska's sole U.S. House of Representatives seat, becoming the first Alaska Native to represent the state in Congress, the Alaska Division of Elections announced. She defeated Republican former Governor Sarah Palin by 51.47% to 48.53%. Palin is widely known for her unsuccessful vice presidential run with John McCain in 2008. Peltola will finish the remainder of the term of Republican Representative Don Young, who died earlier this year, and will face re-election on Nov. 8. She is the first Alaska Native to represent a state where almost…
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Lula retains lead over Bolsonaro in Brazil’s election – poll

Lula retains lead over Bolsonaro in Brazil’s election – poll

SAO PAULO, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has retained his strong lead over incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro ahead of the country's October election, a Genial/Quaest poll released on Wednesday showed. Lula is seen winning 44% support in a first-round vote against Bolsonaro's 32%, the poll said. They had 45% and 33%, respectively, two weeks ago. Center-left candidate Ciro Gomes saw his support rise to 8%, from 6% in the previous survey. In an expected run-off, Lula slightly widened his lead to a 14 percentage point gap - taking 51% of the votes against…
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40% of Americans believe civil war is likely in next 10 years

40% of Americans believe civil war is likely in next 10 years

A staggering 40% of Americans think that civil war is at least somewhat likely in the next 10 years, according to a new survey – a figure that increases to more than half of voters who identify as “strong Republicans”. Following years of strong rightist rhetoric by Trump allies and supporters, the results of a poll carried out by YoGov and the Economist, follow similar results in other polls. Last week, the South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham predicted “riots in the streets” if Trump is indicted over his retention of classified documents after leaving the White House, materials recovered by…
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NASA postpones debut test flight of next-generation moon megarocket

NASA postpones debut test flight of next-generation moon megarocket

NASA on Monday postponed for at least four days the launch of its colossal next-generation rocketship on a long-awaited debut test flight, a planned six-week uncrewed voyage around the moon and back 50 years after Apollo's last lunar mission. The countdown clock was halted about 40 minutes before the targeted launch time of 8:33 a.m. EDT (1233 GMT), as the 32-story-tall, two-stage Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion crew capsule awaited liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The U.S. space agency cited a problem detected on one of the rocket's main engines, after launch teams had…
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Canada deputy PM Freeland abused in Alberta, Trudeau calls it part of a trend

Canada deputy PM Freeland abused in Alberta, Trudeau calls it part of a trend

(Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned an abusive verbal attack on his deputy prime minister and finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, which he described as an "extremely disturbing harassment" that was not an isolated incident. "We are seeing increasingly people in public life and people in positions of responsibility, particularly women, racialized Canadians, people of minority or different community groups, being targeted almost because of the increasing strength of your voices," Trudeau said in an address on Sunday.  "We are seeing a backlash.... We have to ask ourselves what kind of country we are, what kind of…
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Colombia will not extradite criminals who negotiate government deals – Petro

Colombia will not extradite criminals who negotiate government deals – Petro

Colombian President Gustavo Petro proposed that drug traffickers who comply with government surrender conditions and abandon the trade will not be extradited to face charges abroad. Petro, who was sworn in this month on promises to bring "total peace" to Colombia, said his government is in touch with various armed groups who want to negotiate their way out of conflict. Leftist Petro has broadly questioned the effectiveness of extradition, a legal tool that the United States considers a powerful deterrent to crime. His government has floated an offer of legal benefits like reduced sentences to crime gang members who provide…
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Colombia to suspend air strikes on armed groups

Colombia to suspend air strikes on armed groups

BOGOTA, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Colombia will suspend aerial bombings targeting illegal armed groups in a bid to avoid collateral damage to civilians and deaths of minors who have been forcibly recruited, Defense Minister Ivan Velasquez said. The announcement - which Velasquez said was also a gesture of government willingness to engage in possible talks with armed groups - is a shift in Colombia's strategy against left-wing guerrillas and drug-trafficking gangs. The country's almost six-decade conflict has killed at least 450,000. Aerial bombardments in recent years by the military have dealt heavy blows to armed groups such as dissidents of…
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California to end sales of gasoline-only cars by 2035

California to end sales of gasoline-only cars by 2035

 (Reuters) - California moved to require all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be either electric or plug-in electric hybrids, a landmark move that could speed the end of gasoline-powered vehicles. California Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the plan to phase out vehicles that run only on gasoline by 2035 in September 2020. The California Air Resources Board voted on Thursday to approve the new rules, which set yearly rising zero- emission vehicle rules starting in 2026, but the Biden administration must still approve the new requirements before the plan can take effect. California has moved faster…
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Missouri school district brings back spanking for unruly children

Missouri school district brings back spanking for unruly children

Spanking is staging a comeback this school year in the classrooms of one small town in southwestern Missouri, where the district will now allow corporal punishment for any unruly student whose parents give their blessing. In Cassville, about 50 miles west of Branson, administrators this week notified parents of the new policy at an open meeting and handed out consent forms to sign, according to a parent who attended the meeting. "At the end of the day, this gives the school one more tool to use to discipline a child, without sending them home on suspension where they'd just play…
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U.S. monkeypox cases may be peaking, experts say

U.S. monkeypox cases may be peaking, experts say

CHICAGO, (Reuters) - Monkeypox cases in some large U.S. cities appear to be declining, matching trends seen in Europe, and experts are cautiously optimistic the outbreak may have peaked in places hit hardest hit by the virus. The World Health Organization earlier on Thursday said monkeypox cases reported globally declined 21% last week, after a month-long trend of rising infections, but noted that U.S. cases continued to rise. Nevertheless, some U.S. experts believe cases are starting to decline based largely on immunity from prior infection and behavior changes as awareness of the disease has grown. That does not mean the…
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Canada on track to exceed lofty 2022 immigration target

Canada on track to exceed lofty 2022 immigration target

Canada is on track to exceed its immigration goal of granting permanent residency to more than 430,000 people in 2022, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said. Fraser, speaking to reporters in Vancouver, also announced a plan to hire up to 1,250 workers to tackle a record high number of immigration applicants. Canada, which depends on immigration to drive its economy and support an aging population, has been ramping up annual immigration and has a goal of adding 451,000 permanent residents in 2024. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has relied on immigration to boost the Canadian economy since coming to power in…
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Ghislaine Maxwell sued by her lawyers over unpaid fees

Ghislaine Maxwell sued by her lawyers over unpaid fees

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell has failed to pay some $878,000 in fees to two lawyers who defended the now-convicted British socialite against criminal charges she helped Jeffrey Epstein abuse teenage girls, the lawyers' firm said in a new lawsuit. Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of sex trafficking and is serving a 20-year prison sentence over her role in recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein, a financier and registered sex offender who had been known for socializing with elite U.S. politicians and businessmen. In a lawsuit filed on Monday in a Colorado state court in Denver, the law…
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Peru’s Castillo reshuffles Cabinet yet again as prosecutors ramp up probes

Peru’s Castillo reshuffles Cabinet yet again as prosecutors ramp up probes

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Castillo reshuffled his Cabinet for the second time in less than three weeks on Wednesday, as prosecutors continue investigations into his close allies and family members. The embattled president named new ministers in charge of the environment, defense and women. But he kept Geiner Alvarado, the transport minister, whom prosecutors allege has led a "criminal organization" from within the government alongside Castillo. The key posts in charge of the economy and mining also remained unchanged. Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer. Since taking power a year ago, Castillo has overseen unprecedented turnover…
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U.S. first lady Jill Biden once more tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. first lady Jill Biden once more tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Jill Biden has tested positive in a rebound case of COVID-19 but is not experiencing any symptoms, while President Joe Biden continues to test negative for the virus, officials said. Jill Biden tested positive on Wednesday by antigen testing, following a negative test the previous day, and the White House's medical unit has notified close contacts, her deputy communications director said. "The First Lady has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and will remain in Delaware where she has reinitiated isolation procedures," her deputy communications director, Kelsey Donohue, said in a statement. Jill Biden, 71,…
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Mexico, Cuba report rare deaths of two patients with monkeypox

Mexico, Cuba report rare deaths of two patients with monkeypox

Mexico and Cuba have reported the deaths of two people who had tested positive for monkeypox, although neither country attributed the fatalities to the viral disease. The reports follow monkeypox-related deaths reported in Brazil and Ecuador in the past month, but fatalities remain extremely rare in the current outbreak. The Pan-American Health Organization has reported at least 21,200 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the Americas, and over 80 countries worldwide have reported new cases of the illness, which is endemic in parts of Africa. Mexico's health ministry on Tuesday said experts were investigating the death of an HIV-positive patient who…
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Biden approval rises to 41%, highest since early June, Reuters/Ipsos finds

Biden approval rises to 41%, highest since early June, Reuters/Ipsos finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's public approval rating rose this week to its highest level since early June, following a series of legislative wins for his Democratic Party, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The two-day national poll found that 41% of Americans approve of Biden's job performance. It was his first time above 40% since early June. Biden's lowest ratings of 36% - in four weekly polls in May, June and July - rivaled the lows of his predecessor, Donald Trump, whose popularity bottomed out at 33% in December 2017. In four of the last five weeks…
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Chilean government sets new push on bill to reduce working hours

Chilean government sets new push on bill to reduce working hours

SANTIAGO  (Reuters) - The government of Chilean President Gabriel Boric said it has revived efforts to pass a bill that would reduce working hours in the country and fulfill a campaign promise. The bill, which aims to reduce the working week from 45 to 40 hours within five years, has stalled in Congress since it was introduced in 2017 by then-lawmaker and current government spokesperson Camila Vallejo. Boric has given "urgency" to the bill, a provision in Chile's constitution that forces lawmakers to consider a bill when mandated by the president. Lawmakers will debate a series of changes to the…
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Brazil receives embalmed heart of Portuguese king to mark independence

Brazil receives embalmed heart of Portuguese king to mark independence

The embalmed heart of the Portuguese monarch who declared the independence of Brazil from Portugal 200 years ago was received with the military honors of a head of state in Brasilia on Tuesday at the start of bicentenary celebrations. The heart, kept in formaldehyde in a glass jar inside a gold urn, arrived at the presidential palace in an open Rolls Royce flanked by a mounted color guard and was received by President Jair Bolsonaro with a gun salute. Air Force planes flew past. Dom Pedro I's heart had been kept in a church in the Portuguese city of Porto…
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U.S. urges citizens to leave Ukraine as fears grow of Russian attacks on capital

U.S. urges citizens to leave Ukraine as fears grow of Russian attacks on capital

The United States has urged its citizens to leave Ukraine, saying it believed Russia was preparing to target civilian and government infrastructure in the next few days as the war reaches the six-month mark. The warning followed a ban by the Ukrainian government on celebrations in the capital Kyiv on Wednesday's anniversary of independence from Soviet rule due to fears of attack. Fearing a surge in Russian attacks, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv on Tuesday urged U.S. citizens to leave if they could. "The Department of State has information that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure…
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Bolsonaro says he will respect Brazil election result if ‘clean, transparent’

Bolsonaro says he will respect Brazil election result if ‘clean, transparent’

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he would respect the result of an October election regardless of the result, as long as the voting is "clean and transparent." In an interview with TV Globo's Jornal Nacional, a nightly newscast with the largest audience in Brazil, the far-right politician insisted without evidence there had been fraud in past Brazilian elections. Bolsonaro did not mention the electronic voting system that he has attacked relentlessly for months, alleging they are open to manipulation. But the former army captain said the military should have a role in deciding the transparency of the vote. Opinion polls show Bolsonaro trailing…
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Nasdaq slumps more than 2% on fears of aggressive Fed

Nasdaq slumps more than 2% on fears of aggressive Fed

Wall Street's main indexes tumbled on Monday in a dour start to the week as investors worried about hawkish signals from U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers against the backdrop of slowing economic growth. Ten of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors declined in mid-day trading, with information technology, consumer discretionary and communication services stocks down 2% each. High-growth and technology companies such as Apple Inc and Tesla Inc fell 1.7% and 2.8%, respectively, as the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose past 3% for the first time since July 21. [US/] A four-week summer rally for the Nasdaq and the S&P…
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Trump seeks to temporarily block FBI from reviewing items seized from Florida home

Trump seeks to temporarily block FBI from reviewing items seized from Florida home

Former President Donald Trump on Monday asked a federal court to temporarily block the FBI from reviewing the materials it seized two weeks ago from his Florida home, until a special master can be appointed to oversee the review. Trump's motion, filed in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida, also demanded that the U.S. Justice Department provide him a more detailed property receipt outlining items the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago home during its Aug. 8 search, and asked investigators to return any items outside the scope of the search warrant. "Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice," the filing says. "Law…
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Fauci, face of U.S. COVID response, to step down from government posts

Fauci, face of U.S. COVID response, to step down from government posts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official who became the face of America's COVID-19 pandemic response under Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, announced on Monday he is stepping down in December after 54 years of public service. Fauci, whose efforts to fight the pandemic were applauded by many public health experts even as he was vilified by Trump and many Republicans, will leave his posts as chief medical adviser to Biden and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fauci, 81, has headed NIAID…
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U.S. clinics scramble as courts, politicians battle over abortion restrictions

U.S. clinics scramble as courts, politicians battle over abortion restrictions

With West Virginia's 1849 abortion ban tied up in court and its conservative legislature stymied over details of enacting a new one, the state's only abortion clinic ought to be operating as usual. But the chaotic legal and political environment in the two months since the U.S. Supreme Court ended the right to an abortion has driven unexpected reductions in the services that the clinic can provide, leading its doctors to end most medication abortions and eliminate surgical abortions for women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant. The uncertainty at Women's Health Center in the state capital of Charleston has been mirrored in other states since the Supreme Court overturned…
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U.S. first lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID

U.S. first lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID

WASHINGTON  (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Jill Biden tested negative for COVID-19 after isolating for five days following a positive test, the White House said. "After isolating for five days and receiving negative results from two consecutive COVID-19 tests, the First Lady will depart South Carolina later today for Delaware," her spokesperson said in a statement. The White House said on Tuesday that the first lady had tested positive and was experiencing mild symptoms. President Joe Biden himself also recently recovered from the virus. Jill Biden, who like her husband has been vaccinated twice and boosted twice with the Pfizer…
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Quebec moves to protect French amid Canada’s shift towards English

Quebec moves to protect French amid Canada’s shift towards English

New figures show that French language use continues to decline in Canada, including in Quebec, the historically Francophone province, where the number of people whose first spoken language is English now exceeds 1 million. This unprecedented situation comes at a time when efforts to protect French in Quebec are intensifying.  The rate of French language use has fallen in Quebec and almost all of Canada. The Canadian government’s latest figures, published Wednesday, show that the proportion of Canadians who predominantly speak French at home is declining throughout the country, with the exception of the sparsely populated Yukon Territory in the Far…
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Photo Story: The Meteorite Museum in Yucatan

Photo Story: The Meteorite Museum in Yucatan

A child observes a replica of a dinosaur at the Meteorite Museum in Progreso, Mexico. The museum, equipped with virtual and augmented reality technology, allows visitors to experience prehistoric episodes such as the arrival about 66 million years ago of the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Via EPA-EFE/LORENZO HERNANDEZ
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Cuba to send hundreds of doctors to Italy’s Calabria region

Cuba to send hundreds of doctors to Italy’s Calabria region

Cuba will send nearly 500 doctors to the Calabria region of southern Italy, Cuban state media reported this week, part of a broader program that sends surplus medics from the communist-run island to countries in need. State-run media outlet Cubadebate said Calabria had been suffering a shortage of doctors since 2010, part of a countrywide healthcare crisis, and had been unable to fill the need any other way. "All the regions are trying their best to hire doctors but are not finding any," Cubadebate cited Calabrian President Roberto Occhiuto as saying. "This problem is much more serious in Calabria." Occhiuto…
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants airlines to boost help for stranded, delayed passengers

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants airlines to boost help for stranded, delayed passengers

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has urged the 10 largest U.S. airlines to do more to help stranded and delayed passengers, calling the level of disruption travelers have faced this summer as "unacceptable." Buttigieg, who has faced pressure from U.S. lawmakers who want airlines to offer better service or face stiff fines, has clashed with major U.S. airlines over who is to blame for tens of thousands of flight delays and cancellations this summer. In letters to major, regional and low-cost carrier chief executives made public Friday, Buttigieg said his department (USDOT) is "contemplating options" to write new rules "that would…
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Chilean legislators to be drug tested as new initiative begins

Chilean legislators to be drug tested as new initiative begins

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean legislators will begin random drug testing in the next few days after a proposal making it compulsory was approved last month, despite criticism from some lawmakers. The first 78 Chilean deputies to be tested were randomly drawn this week, and will now have their first series of drug tests, in an effort to raise the standards of transparency in parliamentary work. The new proposal states that all legislators will need to be tested twice in every four-year term, and any positive results will be made public. "There is nothing more important than giving people transparency, that…
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Colombia suspends ELN rebel arrest warrants, extradition orders to restart peace talks

Colombia suspends ELN rebel arrest warrants, extradition orders to restart peace talks

Colombia's new president said he was suspending arrest warrants and extradition requests for members of the left-wing guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN) in an effort to restart peace talks to end nearly 60 years of war. The announcement is part of a principal campaign promise by newly elected Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 insurgency, who took office on Aug. 7 on pledges to bring "total peace" to the Andean country. "I have authorized the reinstatement of the protocols, allowing negotiators to again reconnect with their organization, suspending arrest warrants for those negotiators, suspending extradition orders…
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Cuba confirms first monkeypox case in visitor from Italy

Cuba confirms first monkeypox case in visitor from Italy

Cuba confirmed its first case of monkeypox late on Saturday, the country's Public Health ministry said, after detecting the viral disease in a tourist who had arrived from Italy this week. The Italian man stayed in a rental home and traveled to various destinations in the western provinces of the Caribbean island nation before falling ill, the ministry said in a brief statement. He sought medical attention on Thursday after presenting symptoms, including skin lesions, and then fell into cardiac arrest, from which he recovered, the statement said. The patient remains in critical condition. The World Health Organization has declared…
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U.S. Treasury official warns Russia trying to bypass Western sanctions via Turkey

U.S. Treasury official warns Russia trying to bypass Western sanctions via Turkey

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told Turkey's Deputy Finance Minister Yunus Elitas that Russian entities and individuals were attempting to use Turkey to bypass Western sanctions imposed over Moscow's war in Ukraine, the Treasury Department said.  In a phone call, the two also discussed ongoing efforts to implement and enforce sanctions against Russia, the department said in a statement.  (Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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Biden administration touts $1 trillion infrastructure bill

Biden administration touts $1 trillion infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The White House is ramping up efforts to tout the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the effort to refurbish roads, bridges and airports and reduce emissions. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will go on a four-day, six-state tour starting Tuesday, visiting Florida, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada and New Hampshire to talk up the infrastructure law. Buttigieg will tout grants approved in the November 2021 infrastructure law including $12 million for the Port of Tampa, $20 million to help complete the Nevada Pacific Parkway connection and expand capacity for dual access to Union Pacific Railroad UNP.N and Burlington Northern…
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Flush with cash, Democrats back midterms ‘inflation act’ ad blitz

Flush with cash, Democrats back midterms ‘inflation act’ ad blitz

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Buoyed by a string of legislative victories, Democrats and their allies are throwing money at key congressional races hoping to overcome President Joe Biden's poor approval ratings, high inflation and historical precedent in the November midterm elections. In the coming days, millions of dollars will flow into congressional races from groups outside the Democratic Party to tout Biden's $430 billion climate, healthcare and tax bill called the "Inflation Reduction Act," aides and allies to Biden tell Reuters. Climate, health and pro-Biden groups will target voters in swing districts with television, radio and internet ads, rallies, and bus…
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Laser incidents reported by U.S. pilots hit record in 2021

Laser incidents reported by U.S. pilots hit record in 2021

WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The number of reported incidents involving aiming of lasers at U.S. airplanes hit a record in 2021, according to a federal government report, which also said regulators should do more to address the problem. The Government Accountability Office said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should strengthen its efforts to address the practice that regulators say can pose a serious safety issue. Reported laser incidents rose 42% in 2021 to 9,273. Intentionally aiming lasers at aircraft poses a safety threat to pilots and violates federal law. "Many high-powered lasers can incapacitate pilots flying aircraft that may be carrying hundreds…
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Mexico records deadliest year yet for journalists, with 18 murders so far

Mexico records deadliest year yet for journalists, with 18 murders so far

This year will be the deadliest on record for journalists in Mexico, with 18 killed so far, human rights organization Article 19 said in a report issued this week. Of the 18 deaths, Article 19 had identified a potential link to their work in nine cases so far, the organization's regional director Leopoldo Maldonado told Reuters. "2022 could be the worst year in a century for the press," Maldonado said. In a little over eight months, the death toll for 2022 has already outpaced the 13 murders recorded last year and the 14 recorded in 2020. Article 19 found the…
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